Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale | Short's Brewing Company

Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale
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Short's Pandemonium Pale AleShort's Pandemonium Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This blessed, coppered colored ale lends it’s hue to hearty pale ale malts and hand selected specialty grains. Glacier hops balance the wort resulting in  hoppy, and earthy flavors which compliment the core beer base.
49 I.B.U.’s
12.8 deg.  Plato
5.4% A.B.V.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-19-2004

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Ratings: 543 |  Reviews: 229
Photo of beveritt
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label looks like a chalk drawing of a pensive devil in the fires of hell. I hope to hell the description on Beer Advocate was not written by the brewers; it sounds like an attempt by some 2 bit drunk poet to sound cool. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with just shy of 1 finger of nearly white, dense head. This settles slowly to a thin yet complete layer of foam, leaving behind nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is the bright orange color of a hefeweizen and cloudy.

Smell: Strong wet hop aroma against a slightly smoky caramel malt backdrop.

Taste: Great hop bitterness throughout, with an amazing fresh taste to he hops that captures not only the spiciness, but the more base, green vegetal notes. It tastes like what a bag of whole leaf hops smells like, something I don't think I have ever experienced before in a beer. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a hint of biscuity flavors.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Picked one of these up on a recent trip to MI, so won't be getting any more any time soon. Love the way the whole leaf hop has been captured.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with a head quickly dissipates to the glasses edge and leaves a nice lace
Very nice citrus hops with a pale malt backing
The taste is a lot more potent then expect smooth upfront full of pale malts it quickly turns to a hop taste still sweet but a grainy grassy hop it finish with a slight bitter but is still sweet

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Photo of robwestcott
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to jdiddy for this one.

poured cold from the bottle a murky burnt orange to a sun king shaped pint glass with a thin off white head leaving a bit of retention.

aroma of floral hops and sweet, ripe cherries.

billed as "bitter hysteria", but to me, this is a pretty sweet (?) pale with a subtle bitter after to the back of the tongue. very interesting and not just a little bit fruity.

highly carbonated, sweet with bitter follow, light bodied.

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of Beejay
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy and orange brown in color. Thea head is full and bubbly.

S: Some bready notes that I usually pick up with English Yeasts. Slightly leafy, but mostly a malty bread smell.

T: The hops come out a bit more. Grassy, and a bit more of the malt.

M: Fairly light in body, carbonation is a little high. And it is a tad on the watery side.

D: Good, clean but not amazing. It has a nice balance, but it lacks both hops and malt for me.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color. It has a decent white head of foam, that also left good lacing as it fell.

S - It smells of fresh earthy hops. You can also smell the pale malts, and there is also some breadiness present.

T - At first I am getting the earthy hops and some citrus. There is also a spiciness to it. You can taste the pale malts as well. The finish is dry.

M - This one has a medium body and decent carbonation. It goes down quite easily, and leave a slight tingling sensation in the mouth.

D - The drinkability is good. I think this is a well made APA. It goes down easy, and it never gets boring. I would pick this one up again for sure.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a a cloudy orange with a brownish hue. Has an unfiltered look to it, with little head noticeable and moderate lacing.

S: Grainy notes, earthy tones, with some some alcohol lingering throughout.

T: Bitter on the intake, with a wash of malt in the back.

M: Relatively light in body, little sticky, alcohol notes are present, and the carbonation is working fine.

D: This beer just doesn't work for me. Seems like something's missing. This is my first from Short's and look forward to trying more in the future if ever giving the opportunity.

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Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A - pours with nary a bit of loose, white foam which retreats to a ring around the glass. the beer is clear, on the darker side of gold in color.

S - lightly sweet, bready malt kissed with caramel. piney and earthy hops struggle to get noticed.

T - begins with a bit of somewhat aggressive, earthy hops which meld into a caramel, bready sweetness. finishes with notes of pine and grass.

M - medium bodied, with moderate to light carbonation which tends to make the beer a little more syrupy than it really is. finishes slightly oily, with lingering piney bitterness and bready malt.

D - not bad, though slightly awkward in a way i cant get my finger on. balanced for the most part, if not leaning slightly towards the sweet side. sessionable enough, though there are more interesting APA's out there.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a SN Anniversary Ale glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with virtually no head, but a wisp on the surface.

Aromas of earthy, piney hops. Not very strong hop aroma. Some malt sweetness in the background.

First sip is of earthy, slightly piney hops. Some malt sweetness is evident. Overall, though, there is not much flavor here.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, with a drying bitterness.

Drinkability is average. There is nothing here to offend or overpower, but nothing really to excite either.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy burnt orange body, with a white head that retreats into a small foamy layer. Lacing is minimal.
S: A bit of a fruity dry darkness. A malt presence is shown from the aroma.
T/M: The taste has an upfront caramel notes, that is a malt forward APA. The hops add a nice dry finish. Overall this is a really nicely balanced APA, with malts and hops.
D: Nice drinkablility with a balanced taste, this is a sessionable APA.

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Photo of JLeege
2.76/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My first beer from Short's. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a murkey orange and fairly cloudy. Almost a two finger white head that dissipates to a small layer a top the beer.

Smell- Some faint citrus hops, but fairly malty overall. Some light, dark fruit notes.

Taste- Again, not a whole lot going on here. Has a strange sweet taste, with a bit of grapefruit on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light and thin, fairly watery. Not to good.

Overall- Maybe this is a bad bottle or old? There is a number code on the bottle, but I can not tell what it means, the label is unmarked. I like the label artwork, but that is the best part of this beer (I will bump the appearance up half a point!).

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Photo of Cresant
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a tulip pint. Not dated. The body was lightly hazy and copper colored. The head was mild but a cap remained.

The smell was of candy. Sour apple peel and intense fruity hops. Earthy, hay-like. Maybe even hints of celery? weird. Faint bread crust as if warmed further.

The taste was rather strong, but pretty balanced. Grapes and hops. Something about this one didn't really grab me. Maybe it was too fruity, tangy even.

The mouthfeel was medium density with plenty of fine carbonation. I would not seek this one out again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from tosque. Thanks David!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazed copper color with a white head that left good lacing.

S - floral hops, earthy and malts.

T - malt and earthy floral hops with some bitterness on a dry finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - not a bad beer, but I'd prefer some other APA's over this one.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from Plum Market in Ann Arbor, MI.

A: The APA has a tea-colored orange/brown hue that is brightly translucent. A steady stream of carbonation, illuminated by the clarity, bubbles upward in a constant motion. A finger of white head nicely blanketed the ale, lacing as it recedes.

S: The pale ale has a fresh, vegetal hoppy aroma. The aroma isn't overpowering but there is a strength hanging around. Pale malts, bready, are a formidable foil to the hops.

T: The hops are quite earthy, a dirty citrusy flavor that takes control of the entire ale. A bit of spice follows the hops, adding heat to the mix. Pale malts create a biscuity environment, light compliment to the hops. The hops, as the ale warms, have a mild mintiness that leaves a lasting flavor in my mouth.

M: The mouthfeel needs some time to settle down and release the flavorful hops. The minty, earthy hops go down easily, a nice sipper.

D: A well-made pale ale that holds up over time (I bought this bottle in mid-June). It's nice to see that the regular line-up is as solid as the specialty offerings.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for procuring this, and many other brews, during his recent travels.

A- Hazy amber. Pours with ~1/2 finger of off-white head, which fades quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Floral hopiness, and a bit of grainy, cereal sweetness.

T- Herbal, almost medicinal hop flavors provide a bit of too harsh bitterness. Some tea-esque flavors. Bready/biscuity malts.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation and a medium-light feel. A bit astringent.

D- OK. Moderately low ABV, and fairly easy drinking....not truly offensive in any area, but not really something to generate excitement for another.

Future outlook: A one off scooped up for me out of state, not worthy of seeking out....repeat not likely.

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Photo of kbutler1
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a reddish orange color with surprisingly little head. What head there is, is a off white color that collars around the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt with hints of an almost pumpkin aroma. The taste is sweeter that I would like with a slight bitter ending. Not anything special but an easy drinker for sure. Light/medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - deep golden color, one-finger ivory head, retention around the edges with light lacing, fairly hazy

s - caramel malt notes with lighter tangerine citrus hop aroma underneath, cracker and biscuit malt as well

t - lots of caramel and biscuit malt mix with bitter orange hops, the caramel and bready flavors linger on the palate with the finish being on the slightly sweet side, only light bitterness from the hops, alcohol is not evident

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet finish but fairly well-balanced finish, not much alcohol warming

d - pretty easy on the palate, but not all that interesting or complex, caramel flavors wear on my palate a bit

Not one of my favorite Short's offerings, but a decent beer nonetheless. Tastes a bit more like and amber/red ale than an APA, so I would go elsewhere if you're looking for a hop fix. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of morimech
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Not getting a lot of positive things from the aroma. Is that diacetly? I believe it is. I also get some malt and a touch of citrus. What I thought was diacetyl in the aroma is confirmed in the taste. Have not heard of these issues in Short's beer before. A lot of butter and caramel flavor. The hops give some citrus and herbal qualities. The bitterness is there even if the hop flavor is not as impressive. The body is the best thing about this beer. A little bigger than most others and nicely carbonated. A really smooth texture. There are enough bright spots in this beer to make it drinkable. After having a few Short's beers on-tap, I am a bit disappointed in my first bottle.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange pour with a slightly off white head that ends up just shy of a finger. Certainly pick up some mellow hops on the nose. But the taste of sweet citrus and somewhat earthy hops are very present. A nice malty balance, but a little hopper than I expect a pale ale to be. Overall very drinkable. Bubbly carbonation with a pretty medium body.

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Photo of enfield249
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper, with gold highlights. Off-white head, about 1 finger, that fades to a ring of foam. Extra clear.

S - Herbal hop aroma, slight malty sweetness.

T - Medicinal hop flavor, fades to a nice sweetness, with a little bit of molasses or brown sugar.

M - Medium-Medium. The hop flavor is slightly cloying, but not bad.

D - Very good summer PA from Shorts.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass mug.

Pours 1 and a half fingers of beige head.Fades to a smaller layer but good retention from there. Leaves some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Fresh floral hops. Pale malts with some caramel. Some citrus flavors that are very sweet.

Taste: A lot more malty than I was expecting. Pale malts and then some. Grassy hops. Light citrus flavors. Bready malts.

Mouthfeel: A touch of bitterness but mainly smooth. A bit dry. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and toasted.

Overall, not a bad pale ale, but very biscuity and malty. Fairly drinkable.

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Photo of MrBitterness
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

There is not much pale about this ale. Based on taste I would assume this was an IPA. You get a nice crisp clean front but it kicks back in the finish with a nice dry hoppiness. The appearance is nice if not a little light on the head. The smell is somewhat grassy and dry. It's not a beer I could drink all night but it is definitely one I could start most nights off with.

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Photo of nickadams2
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Hazy orangish copper with a thick fluffy white head.Little lacing.

S_Grassy hops and sweet malt.Little bit of a floral fruity smell.

T_Very crisp hops balanced by semi sweet pale malt. Grassy/earthy taste.

M_Thin and dry. Very refreshing.

D_Great session pale ale. Very good in hot weather.

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Photo of dstc
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a very small white head. Head disappears, not much lace.

First thought is it smell like a lemon drop candy. Bit of hop in the aroma as well.

Mild sweetness upfront but quickly followed by the hops and a hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and mild on the carbonation.

Not bad. Nice Pale Ale that is fairly drinkable.

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Photo of carlborch
2.81/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden-brown with a 1-inch off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fresh hoppy nose with some fruit, although I cannot identify the fruit. Overripe mandarins? Light-medium body. Nice front, short center and slow lingering finish. I expected a crisp finish, but find a low sweet note instead. Definite earthy tones. Nice Belgian lace forms. Refreshing but not overly interesting nor memorable. It is not moreish. Depending on what else is available, I would consider trying it again on a hot day.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Thanks to Tony for providing me with this.

it pours a crystal clear dark orange verging on copper. A nice muslin head tops the beer and leaves a medium amount of lacing on the sides. The beer looks a little lifeless in the glass although a ring of bubbles do stick around the edges.

The nose is a bit sweet balancing some crystal malts with some fruity hops. these aren't the traditional fruity 'citrus' hops though. I'm getting more of a red grape juice smell out of them. Interesting and kind of pleasant.

The taste starts off with a nice hop bite but then kind of goes downhill from there. The specialty grains seem to muddle with the not citrus fruit hop flavor and turn into a bit of a mess. On top of that i think I'm getting some out of place fruity fusels from the yeast. I'm really not digging it much at all. The finish is too sweet, not dry and crisp as i like my APA's.

The mouthfeel also loses it for me. It's pretty slick and just doesn't sit right with me. This is a completely average APA in an ever increasing sea of great quaffable examples.

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Short's Pandemonium Pale Ale from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 46% out of 100 with 543 ratings
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